Man speaking while standing, flanked by two men sitting in the background (© Bob Child/AP Images)

3rd-party candidates play a role in U.S. elections

Find out how candidates who are not members of the two major U.S. political parties can still make their mark in American politics.
Tall ship on the water with sails full (© George Adkins/Maritime Museum of San Diego)

Living history museums bring the past to life

Found in regions across the United States, living history museums create an immersive, hands-on experience so visitors can learn about different eras of American history.
Esperanza Spalding standing with a bass, with explanatory text underneath (State Dept./D. Woolverton. Photo: AP Images)

Here’s a free poster saluting women in music

Grammy Award-winning musician Esperanza Spalding exemplifies women making history in fields that were once nearly exclusively male, like jazz.
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South Dakota: Mount Rushmore, prairie wildlife and Western heritage

South Dakota, named for the area’s Lakota and Dakota Sioux tribes, is known for its national parks, windswept prairies and 19th-century frontier history.
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This American mayor came from Syria

When Mohamed Khairullah moved to the U.S. he had to adapt to a new culture. He did so quickly and soon became a community firefighter and mayor.
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Melania Trump as Slovenians knew her

Melania Trump will soon become the second foreign-born first lady in a "nation of immigrants." Slovenians remember their native daughter.
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Each spring, Americans brace for Tax Day

On October 3, 1913, President Wilson signed a law establishing the national income tax. Income taxes remain a vital source of federal revenue.
People holding hands in front of Lincoln Memorial (© Ira Schwartz/AP Images)

Do you know these three female civil rights heroes?

Meet three women whose dedication and skill put them on the front lines of the fight for civil rights for African Americans.
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United States charts new course with Cuba

http://youtu.be/sZMcmqPvQmE President Obama announced plans December 17 for the United States to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba, ending decades of isolation with the Caribbean nation....